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Cleaning Your Home to Prevent Health Hazards After a Flood

When floods occur, they break down the man-made boundaries between humans and the elements. Water purification and sewage systems tend to be severely damaged in the aftermath of floods, and chemicals from sludge and toxic pollutants end up contaminating the waterways. 

Flood cleanup professionals have been trained to handle such circumstances, but affected residents will need to take steps to decontaminate their water source, disinfect their living spaces and prevent the health hazards and epidemics that often break out in the wake of a flood.

Individuals that are in contact with contaminated food or polluted water can end up with illness and disease caused by pathogens like E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A virus, and Shigella. Clostridium tetani, which causes tetanus, can enter the body through cuts and injuries.

In the wake of flooding, stagnant water can become a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes, resulting in an epidemic of West Nile Virus or encephalitis. Wild animals can spread rabies and diseases spread by ticks and fleas can also break out in these times.

Simple Steps to Prevent Disease

Simple precautions to ensure hygiene, such as washing hands with soap, using warm water for drinking, and preventing contaminated produce, can help prevent disease to a great extent. It is ideal to assume that the water source is contaminated until such time that the authorities declare it to be secure.

Use bottled water which hasn’t been exposed to contaminants for drinking. You can also filter and boil water and disinfect it using chlorine bleach, even if bottled water isn’t available. Avoid wading through pools of floodwaters as toxic chemicals and pathogens like tetanus germs can enter through the skin.

Use mosquito repellents and use full-sleeved tops, long pants to prevent getting bitten. Do not allow children to swim or play in floodwaters, or even utilize toys that were in contact with such waters, without disinfecting them.

Keep disinfectants on hand, in case you need to decontaminate some living areas. If you think you’re falling ill or coming down with something, get immediate treatment from your primary care provider and inform authorities in the closest hospital so they can take measures to prevent an epidemic of disease.

Flood Cleanup Professionals are Your Best Bet

Don’t try to take on the task of flood cleanup and water damage mitigation around the home. Leave it to an expert with the requisite expertise to diagnose problems and repair them without the risk of disease or injury. Flood cleanup professionals will typically wear special protective clothing and goggles before entering floodwaters for damage and repair procedures.

The practice of flood cleanup can take quite a while and be quite arduous. It’s best to stay away from a house that has been damaged by floods, to prevent the health hazards associated with polluted water and prevent disease and injury.

A specialist water harm and mitigation company is going to have the knowledge, equipment, and experience to revive and repair your home. After an expert flood cleaning firm has finished the process of rebuilding your house, you can move back in with the confidence it is habitable and safe for a living once again.

For Water Damage Restoration, Call the PuroClean Disaster Restoration Pros

As you can see, there are a lot of ways that water can harm your home. Stick to the following preventive steps to prevent coping with water damage claims within your house. But if water has affected any of your possessions, you will need professional restoration services. For emergency flooding repair and water removal solutions, contact your local PuroClean office. Learn more right here.

Brian Thomas

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